Qualcomm, in partnership with Project RAY, is developing an Android-based user interface specifically designed to aid blind and visually-impaired users. With this, the company looks bring some of the benefits of a smartphone to folks with visual impairment.
The Project RAY device is basically an off-the-shelf Android smartphone imbued with a UI that allows a seamless eye-free interaction with the device. In addition, the UI also supports an array of functionalities such as phone calls, SMS with vocal read-out, navigation, SNS and audiobook reading among many others.
Speaking of Audiobook reading, Project RAY devices also enables users to remotely access and download audio assets from the library. This is very helpful for our friends with visual impairment as it’s their means of accessing information important to them.
As of today, there are a total of 100 participants throughout Israel who are testing out this purposeful software. Although the software is still at its early stage, it’s definitely something to look forward to as it’ll help millions of people with visual impairment worldwide to interact with their loved ones and make their lives a little bit easier through smartphone.